News from around the Barbican

HIX Oyster Celebration 16 September

HIX Oyster Celebration 16 September A free event for anyone  to pop down to between 11 and 5pm Details at … [Read more...]

Londinium: Three-month events programme to celebrate the Roman history of London (July-October)

To celebrate the unique Roman heritage at the heart of the capital, the City of London Corporation is staging a three-month season of exhibitions, walks, talks, theatre, film and special events, taking place from 28 July - 29 October 2017. Londinium will reveal the hidden history of Roman London, explore the great settlement’s contemporary legacy, and bring the Roman spirit to life for a 21st century audience. The season is headlined by three spectacular live events. The Gladiator Games (25 - 28 August), taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, will see battle commence once again … [Read more...]

Culture Mile: Invitation to consultation pop-ups

With the proposed Cultural Hub linking the proposed new Museum of London site in Smithfield, the Barbican Centre and the proposed new state-of-the-art concert hall on the current MoL site being relaunched as the Culture Mile, The City of London is inviting interested parties to participate in a series of consultation pop-up.  The text of the Invitation - and the dates - are set out below: I am writing to share information on some upcoming consultation events taking place over the summer in connection with the Culture Mile. The Culture Mile, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate is an … [Read more...]

Whitecross Street Party

Urban Street Arts and Community Celebrations Returns for the Eighth Year on Saturday 15 July from 12pm - 6pm  Outdoor Exhibition starts on Sunday 16 July - 15 September 2017.   One of London's most unique street art experiences is back! The annual Whitecross Street Party and curated outdoor street arts exhibition, The Rise of the Nonconformists returns with a spectacular line up of performances from artists and from its local community. The party takeover offers an opportunity to witness some of London's finest street artists painting live on the day and opportunities to get involved … [Read more...]

Superbly refurbished Citadines hotel on Goswell Road

Not so long ago the Barbican/Clerkenwell/Shoreditch area was something of a hotel desert.  Hotels in the area were few and far between and most (not all) of what was on offer was pretty basic.  But over the past few years this has all changed.  What has prompted this short item was a recent visit to the Citadines aparthotel in Goswell Road, almost opposite the Barbican Estate's new Blake Tower.  The aparthotel has undergone a serious makeover, with now superbly equipped rooms at very reasonable prices for the London hotel scene.  The Barbican Life editor and a colleague were suitably impressed … [Read more...]

Art Night 2017 1 – 2 July | 6pm-6am

Free art installation in multiple locations across the City of London 1 - 2 July | 6pm-6am Art Night is a free festival of contemporary arts in extraordinary spaces. Each year, a leading cultural institution and curator are invited to work in a different area of London, exploring its history, culture and architecture. Art Night 2017 takes over the East End and the City of London in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery; curated by Fatos Ustek. Visit the Art Night website  for more information. … [Read more...]

The Charterhouse Square Summer Fayre Sat 1st July 12-5.30

The Charterhouse Square Summer Fayre FREE Entry   1st July 2017 | 12:00pm - 4:30pm A day of festivities and merriment, featuring stalls, food & drink, maypole, books, silent auction, punch & judy, morris dancers, bouncy castles, tombola, cakes and Museum of London activities. The fayre takes place in the historic Charterhouse Square, beginning at 12 noon and finishing at 4:30. Admission is free. For directions on how to get to Charterhouse Square, please go to their Visit Us page. … [Read more...]

SHUBBAK A window on contemporary Arab culture

SHUBBAK A window on contemporary Arab culture 1-16 July 2017 FILM PROGRAMME Shubbak, London’s festival of contemporary Arab culture, has become a key event in the arts calendar of the UK and the Arab World, and 2017 will be the 4th edition of this biennial festival. It returns with a wide, diverse, exciting and thought-provoking programme celebrating extraordinary artistic skills and future- looking imaginations whilst reflecting on the fragility, resilience and challenges of artists in times of crisis. Shubbak grew out of the emergence of the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011 and offers … [Read more...]


COMPETITION - 2 x 2 TICKETS FOR A PERFORMANCE OF YOUR CHOICE AT 'OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL' FROM 1st - 12th AUGUST 2017 AT BRIDEWELL THEATRE. OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL - London's new summer opera festival from 1st - 12th August at Bridewell Theatre (14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ) presents a range of innovative, theatrical productions right in the heart of the City of London. Time Zone Theatre shows new productions of Alexander Zemlinsky's A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY and Pietro Mascagni's ZANETTO. Together with the touring opera production MOZART & SALIERI by Nikolai … [Read more...]

London Festival of Architecture- Upcoming Family Events

  The organisers of the London Festival of Architecture 2017 say they like to introduce the young to architecture and London's architectural heritage, which is why this year's programme has more events for families and kids than ever before.  The LFA reckons this programme is a brilliant way of introducing young minds (and the young at heart) to the wonders of the built environment - through exploration, creativity and play. So from the return of the phenomenally popular Great Architecture Bake Off to building workshops at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, … [Read more...]